Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Young refugee’s passion to help his homeland

21 March 20170 comments

Somali-born refugee Omar Elmi has dreams that belie his tender years. The 17-year-old is studying horticulture and is the first Somali-born trainee taken on by Parks Victoria. He is driven by passion to help farmers and ordinary families in his homeland who face starvation because of a ‘once in a fifty-year’ drought.

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Volunteer making a difference in refugees’ lives

10 March 20170 comments

Patricia Weickhardt is an unsung hero of the suburbs. For twenty years, she has quietly gone about helping new migrants settle in Australia.

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Blood feuds, battles and bandits – a refugee’s journey

24 February 20172 comments

Unlike the armed-to-the-teeth Australian soldiers alongside him, young Afghan Nabi went into combat wielding only his language skills.

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From bandrooms to boardrooms

24 February 20170 comments

Stuart Crosby is not your average business leader. A captain of the financial services industry who professes progressive politics; a former pub band musician who dresses in smart business suits; and, a deep and lateral thinker who is also a pragmatist.

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Violence against CALD women a pressing issue

23 February 20170 comments

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are among the most vulnerable victims of family violence and the issue is leading to the stigmatising of some ethnic groups, a new research report says.

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Courage and resilience revealed in a smile

20 January 20170 comments

They say a smile is the light in the window of your soul. For Karen refugee Eh Hta Dah Shee, his beaming face belies a lifetime of struggle, deprivation and hardship.

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Media Releases

February 2014

Media Release: New edition of ‘What’s the law?’ – Australian law for new arrivals

17 February 20140 comments

A free education kit, explaining Australian law to new arrivals and designed for use in the Adult Migrant English...

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Media Release: Program getting skilled migrants into work

14 February 20140 comments

An innovative new program is succeeding in getting newly arrived skilled migrants into jobs that fit their qualifications...

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Media Release: Good Wheel Project gets rolling

7 February 20140 comments

AMES this week launched an initiative that will see asylum seeker clients from the City of Melbourne get free bicycles...

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January 2014

Media Release: Refugees and migrants at risk from pokies scourge

16 January 20140 comments

Refugees and migrants with poor language skills are at risk of becoming problem poker machine gamblers, according to...

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